Volvo is developing a new battery material that could also be used as the body of the car.

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Swedish car manufacturer Volvo and the Imperial College are working on creating cars with batteries built into the body of the car itself. By doing this, Volvo says, it will be able to reduce the vehicle’s weight by at least 15 percent. The new body material is created from carbon fibers and polymer resins, can be molded into various shapes and can both store and charge energy much quicker than conventional batteries used in hybrid vehicles.


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Tomorrow’s Volvo car: body panels serve as the car battery

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